UFO sightings have been a phenomenon in American history for a very long time. But now, members of our country's armed forces have claimed to have had unusual experiences as multiple Navy pilots reported seeing unidentified flying objects hovering over the east coast.
On Sunday, the New York Times reported that for almost a year Navy pilots reported UFO sightings to their superiors. Beginning in the summer of 2014 and stretching until March of 2015, pilots claim strange objects appeared almost daily. Although accounts vary, it is alleged that the objects had no visible engines or exhaust pipes yet they were 30,000 feet in the air and moving at "hypersonic speeds."
"These things would be out there all day," said 10-year Navy veteran and pilot Lt. Ryan Graves. "Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect."
During this timeframe, a pilot nearly collided with the objects while others videotaped their encounters. These sightings led pilots like Graves to report the incidents to the Pentagon and Congress. Still, the Department of Defense has yet to say that these are extraterrestrial and insists that rather basic explanations can be explained for sightings of this nature.
Graves and other pilots detail seeing the objects performing what appeared to be training maneuvers from Virginia and Florida. As a result, the Navy is keeping a close eye on the situation as similar reports are still being recorded.
"There were a number of different reports," Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher stated before explaining in most cases they were merely commercial drones. "We don’t know who’s doing this, we don’t have enough data to track this. So the intent of the message to the fleet is to provide updated guidance on reporting procedures for suspected intrusions into our airspace."